Issue 152

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                       October 2012..


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In The Army Now

Verulam Angling Club are absolutely delighted to announce that with immediate effect we are granting honorary membership of the club to all serving personnel of the Royal Anglian Regiment of the British Army.

As many of you will know, the Royal Anglians are our local regiment, drawing from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire for their personnel. They are an infantry regiment which is regularly on the front line, with postings to Afghanistan and Iraq as well as other theatres all over the world. We are extremely pleased to be able to “help our heros” by allowing the troops to fish our waters for free.

We are sure that you will agree that we all owe a great debt to our Armed Forces. Until recently, they have been largely unappreciated. However, over the past few years there seems to have been a groundswell of support for the Armed Forces, and we are very pleased to be able to “do our bit”, albeit on a small scale. Perhaps as much as the offer of the free fishing itself, the forces appreciate the message and gesture of support for what they are doing. The following is an extract from an email from Captain Lee Jay, the Unit Welfare Officer for 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regiment;

You may be aware that many of the soldiers serving with 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment are currently in Afghanistan, returning late October 2012.  We take tremendous pride in being a County based Regiment, with soldiers coming from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.  Unfortunately, through the very nature of the job we receive many injuries on Operations and our soldiers spend long periods of time in hospitals and the gymnasium, rehabilitating and attempting to recover from those injuries.  Your gift as a club has enabled us to break up this routine by introducing them to a new and challenging sport in which all can participate .  The soldiers I am sure will have mixed results in terms of fish being caught, but all will have an opportunity to experience a much welcomed and enjoyable change. 

Please accept our thanks for your generosity as a club.  It is very much appreciated by all the soldiers - even those that do not fish would know of such a kind gesture. However those that do fish will be overjoyed with the local hospitality and will relish the opportunity to catch bigger and more than his/her swim neighbour! 

Warm regards,

Captain L W Jay |  UWO 1 R ANGLIAN 

As you can see, offers of this type mean a great deal to the Armed Forces, and more than anything else, it confirms to them that their efforts on our behalf are appreciated. Only a small percentage of the soldiers will be anglers, and it will therefore make very little difference to existing club members in terms of the number of anglers on our waters. We will of course monitor the take up of our offer, and if certain waters become unduly busy, we have reserved the right to withdraw access.

I hope you will agree that this is a welcome partnership. Please welcome the soldiers onto our fisheries wherever you come across them. And one final point – the club would like to confirm from the outset that the nickname of the second battalion of the Royal Anglian regiment is pure coincidence – they are known as “The Poachers”……… 


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Emily was one of many juniors visiting Riverside this Summer and landing their first ever carp

Another fan of Riverside is Oliver with a typical Riverside common.

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